Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development, and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Departmental Role:
The Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists (Friedman Center) at NYSCI encompasses all youth development programs that foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, while creating opportunities to explore these career pathways. The goals of the Friedman Center are to develop NYSCI as a resource for youth and community organizations around STEM opportunities, and create multiple pathways for engaging youth in the STEM career pipeline.

The Friedman Center is seeking to broaden community engagement through STEM Nights, STEM Expo, and other outreach events. Career events like these showcase a range of STEM opportunities for high school and college students- offering additional resources and opportunities to network with STEM professionals as they explore their own career interests.

The Friedman Center is seeking a STEM Programs Coordinator with expertise in project management and a strong, demonstrated understanding of youth development principles.

Function:
Reporting to the Manager of Explainers and working directly with the VP of Youth Development, The STEM Programs Coordinator for the Friedman Center is responsible for organizing outreach events to engage high school and college students in exploring their STEM career opportunities, specifically through STEM Nights and STEM Expo. The STEM Programs Coordinator plays a vital role in managing relationships with schools, community partners, STEM organizations, and STEM professionals. The STEM Programs Coordinator will work collaboratively with various teams across the institution in order to develop, recruit for, and deliver events aimed at establishing NYSCI as a resource for young people in the surrounding community.

Principal Responsibilities:
Event Planning and Community Outreach – 60% of time

  • Work closely with the VP of Youth Development to lead the conception, design, and execution of 6-8 in-house events each year.
  • Lead onsite setup and breakdown of events and programs.
  • Organize and prepare internal and external event communications, including the Friedman Center’s web content and print publications.
  • Oversee the recruitment of youth and their families to take part in on-site events and other Friedman Center offerings.
  • Create and maintain effective, collaborative relationships and partnerships with over 50 community organizations and institutions and schools to provide youth with STEM activities and information at on-site and off-site events and workshops.
  • Develop and implement assessment and evaluation tools that identify participation trends, and leverage findings to inform future programming decisions and make strategic improvements that grow the audience and impact of Friedman Center programs.
  • Develop and execute off-site events to aid in growing a committed network of event exhibitors and attendees.

Program Design and Implementation – 25% of time

  • Collaborate with the Science Career Ladder Alumni Coordinator to develop a deep understanding of the Explainer experience and aid in the continued development of programming and supports for college-going Explainers and recent college graduates in support of furthering the Friedman Center mission.
  • Work with NYSCI Neighbors team to create streamlined process of supporting families, schools and students transitioning from middle school and high school.

Daily Operational Support – 15% of time

  • Along with others on the Explainer Leadership team, directly lead in the selection, supervision, mentorship, and professional development of 20-25 volunteers (Youth Ambassadors, aged 14-18) annually, and aid in the selection, supervision, mentorship, and professional development of 100-125 youth staff as needed (Explainers, aged 14-24).
  • Support the Supervisor of Daily Operations in the attendance tracking, schedule preparation, and assessment of Explainers on a rotational basis

Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree required
Languages: Because many of NYSCI’s visitors and program participants speak languages other than English, competence speaking a language other than English – particularly Spanish and/or Mandarin – is relevant to the position.
Other: Relevant scientific background a plus. Familiarity with Queens and/or the Corona community preferred but not required.

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of NY Hall of Science.
  • Ability to generate collective buy-in and motivate a diversity of stakeholders to a unified goal.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
  • Passion for and understanding of multimodal learning approaches through innovative and novel content for informal settings.
  • Ability to collaborate simultaneously across numerous museum departments, including graphics, marketing, public relations, institutional advancement, visitor experience, and community engagement teams.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively manage up in order to achieve one’s personal goals.
  • Be highly knowledgeable of youth development principles and practices.
  • Event planning and management experience strongly preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and best practices a plus.
  • Proficient computer knowledge with experience utilizing project management software and the Google Suite of software preferred.
  • Some late evenings, weekend work, and off-site work will be required.

This position begins with a weekly Sunday through Thursday schedule with potential to modify to Monday through Friday schedule on a seasonal basis.

Compensation: Commensurate with education, skills, and experience, including an excellent NYSCI benefits package.

Time Commitment: Full time

Application deadline: March 13, 2020 Targeted start date: April 15, 2020

How To Apply:
Qualified candidates should send resume with cover letter to jobs@nysci.org. Please include job title in subject line. No calls, please.
 
The New York Hall of Science supports diversity in the workplace. NYSCI is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace.